What are the options for future transport between Brisbane and the Gold Coast?

The construction of a new north-south road parallel to the M1 Pacific Motorway, called the Coomera Connector, is currently being planned between Loganholme and Nerang.  The recent announcement by the Queensland Premier progressing the business case for the southern section of the Coomera Connector has created a lot of interest in the industry. Community consultation is currently … Read more

Why doesn’t smart growth emphasise freight?

While freight transport is vital to regional economies and our everyday lives, smart growth approaches tend to neglect it, or only consider significant negative controls over freight activities. What is smart growth? Smart growth aims to improve the quality of life in communities, with a strong sustainability emphasis, aiming to conserve energy and protect environmental quality. A … Read more

Are we there yet?

Looking back ten years or so, and reflecting on what has transpired over the intervening years, amazing changes have taken place – many we could not have imagined, in terms of changes in society, developments in technology and economic growth … including the growth in duration and extent of traffic congestion. However, much of what … Read more

What does transport integration really mean?

Our cities are shaped by where people live, work, learn, shop and play and how they travel around. As transport users, we want connected trips. Transport connectivity is key to enabling the best use of resources, with an emphasis on sustainability. Reducing the overall socio-economic cost of transport infrastructure and services is key to achieving … Read more

Optimism Bias in Transport Planning

Professor Bent Flyvbjerg in his research identified two main causes of misinformation in policy and management: strategic misrepresentation (or lying!) and optimism bias (appraisal optimism). Strategic misrepresentation is the planned, systematic distortion or misstatement of fact in response to incentives in the budget process. Optimism bias is the demonstrated systematic tendency for people to be … Read more

How to establish a results focus in addressing transport challenges.

Addressing Transport Challenges – Part 1 Strategy

There are 5 steps in addressing transport challenges – I use the acronym S.A.I.D.D. (SAID and Done):

  1. S: Strategy. Describe the specific challenges, the desired results, and who you need to work with.
  2. A: Analysis. Identify the specific problem(s) being faced, the cause and effect.
  3. I: Instruments (or Interventions). Choosing from the range of solution options available.
  4. D: Decisions. Build the case for the investment in the preferred solution.
  5. D: Delivery.Provide a systematic approach to implementing transport policy.

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Are you a rational or biased professional?

We like to think we are rational decision-making professionals. But the research shows we all have a vast number of biases. Cognitive biases are systematic patterns of behaviour, which means we deviate from making rational judgments. Many of these biases are mental shortcuts, called heuristics, that our brain uses to help us make decisions. Wikipedia … Read more

How can you avoid transport policy mistakes?

 

Solving complex policy issues, such as improving travel time reliability, are challenges facing transport professionals. Policy analysis, however is not a common skill among transport professionals.

Transport policy problems are complex

Transport problems are increasingly complex and dynamic, making them difficult to fully comprehend. These complex multi-actor problems usually don’t have a simple solution and dealing with them may require new policy to be developed.

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